De le lettere di tredici huomini illustri libri tredici
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De le lettere di tredici huomini illustri libri tredici

Autore: ATANAGI, Dionigi, editor (1504-1573)

Dati tipografici: Venezia [Vincenzo Valgrisi?], 1554


8vo. (8), 228 leaves. a8, A-Z8, Aa-Ee8, Ff4. With a typographical woodcut ornament on title-page and 13 illustrated initials. Printed in italics. Contemporary limp vellum.

Basso, pp. 175-177; Braida, p. 305; Edit 16, CNCE 49067; Quondam, p. 281; A. Caro, Lettere familiari, A. Greco, ed., (Firenze, 1957-1961), passim; M.A. Flaminio, Lettere, A. Pastore, ed., (Roma, 1978), p. 12; M. Fumaroli, L'age de l'éloquence: rhétorique et ‘res literaria' de la Renaissance au seuil de l'époque classique, (Genève, 2002), p. 781, no. 798; G. Guidiccioni, Lettere, M.T. Graziosi, ed., (Roma, 1979), passim; B. Tasso, Lettere, D. Rasi & A. Chemello, eds., (Sala Bolognese), 2002, passim.

 

COUNTERFEIT of the original edition printed at Rome by Valerio and Luigi Dorico at Dionigi Atanagi's expenses in March 1554 with a papal privilege for ten years.

The only difference between the two editions, (apart the lacking of both privileges, Latin and Italian, and of the colophon in the pirated edition), lies in the correction of the final sentence in each book. In the Roman edition each section ends ‘Il fine del primo [-undecimo] libro de le Lettere di dodici huomini illustri', what clearly shows that the thirteenth book, (that of Paolo Sadoleto, the compiler of the Latin privilege), was added after the printing of the first twelve was completed. In the Venice counterfeit every final sentence has been corrected to ‘Lettere di tredici huomini illustri'.

The collection is dedicated by Dionigi Atanagi to Giulio Feltrio della Rovere, cardinal of Urbino. In 1556 Girolamo Ruscelli published a new edition, to which he added two more books (Lettere di diversi autori eccellenti, Venezia, Giordano Ziletti, 1556). But the fame of Atanagi's anthology was greatly increased by Pier Paolo Vergerio's pamphlet entitled Giudicio sopra le lettere di tredeci huomini uomini illustri publicate da m. Dionigi Atanagi et stampate in Venetia nell'anno 1554 (Tübingen, Morhart, 1555), in which he points to the unorthodox nature of many letters, causing, supposedly, a major embarrassment to the editor, who at that time lived in Rome.

The thirteen authors, whose letters (219 overall) Atanagi collected, are: Lodovico Canossa, bishop of Bayeux (25 letters); Giovanni Battista Sanga, papal secretary (21); Giovanni Guidiccioni, bishop of Fossombrone (24); Gian Matteo Giberti, bishop of Verona (17); Francesco della Torre, Giberti's secretary (18); Jacopo Sadoleto, bishop of Carpentras (14); Niccolò Ardinghelli, secretary to cardinal Alessandro Farnese and, subsequently, to Pope Paul III (16); Marco Antonio Flaminio (21); Paolo Giovio, bishop of Nocera (6); Bernardo Tasso (11); Annibale Caro (13); Claudio Tolomei (18); Paolo Sadoleto, Jacopo's nephew and successor to the bishopric of Carpentras (15).

“D'après les nombreuses lettres datées, l'ordre chronologique est respecté à deux niveaux: en premier lieu, à l'interieur de chaque livre, à de rares erreurs de mois près; en second lieu, dans le classement des livres fait d'après la dernière date donnée pour chaque épistolier; or, pour L. Canossa, cette dernière date (23 nov. 1527) est bien la plus ancienne de toutes; celles-ci se succèdent dans un ordre rigoureusement chronologique du livre I au livre IX (pour ce dernier: 26 sept. 1552); ensuite dans les livres X à XIII, ces dernières dates marquent des légers retours en arrière, dans le désordre: 1550, 1550, 1548, enfin août 1552 pour la denière lettre du recueil. Les dates extrêmes indiquées dans l'ensemble du volume sont le 9 août 1524 et le 26 sept. 1552… Ces épistoliers font une grande place aux affaires politiques, particulièrment les premiers. Leurs professions ne sont sans doute pas sans rapport avec l'impression d'unité que donne le volume: 7 évêques et 5 secrétaires dont 4 au service d'ecclésiastiques tous des milieux très influents, pour 1 lettré ciceronien lié aux precedents mais plus indépendant, bientôt jugé à la limite de l'hérésie et exulsé du recueil (Flaminio)” (J. Basso, Le genre épistolaire en langue italienne (1538-1662), Roma-Nancy, 1990, I, p. 176).

“Chi erano i tredici uomini di cui Atanagi pubblicava le lettere? Erano tutti nomi noti, alcuni dei quali già presenti nelle raccolte degli anni quaranta, i cui testi erano diventati modelli epistolari ricercati e attesi, in modo particolare le lettere di Annibal Caro (XI libro) e di Claudio Tolomei (XII), già ampiamente rappresentate nell'antologia manuziana e, per quanto riguarda quelle del Tolomei, oggetto fino a quel momento di 5 edizioni, la prima delle quali nel 1547 presso il Giolito. L'elemento che caratterizzava la maggior parte dei tredici autori era il fatto che fossero inseriti saldamente nella gerarchia ecclesiastica, essendo quasi tutti o vescovi o cardinali o collaboratori della curia romana […] Atanagi sceglieva un criterio nuovo, un ordine per autori, e, cosa ancora più innovativa, rendeva esplicito questo criterio sin dal frontespizio indicando tutti i nomi degli autori antologizzati, in ordine di libro. Se questa fosse stata un'idea sua o degli stampatori romani, non è dato di saperlo. C'è da chiedersi se la scelta di questo criterio fosse legata a una motivazione promozionale (erano autori illustri e potevano essere un richiamo per il pubblico), o anche al tentativo di attenuare la propria responsabilità intellettuale nell'operazione, dando più visibilità agli autori […] L'autore assegnava tre funzioni alla sua antologia: quella di raccogliere modelli epistolari, di avere uno scopo informativo e un fine educativo. Dunque non era soltanto un manuale di buon volgare, ma anche una raccolta in cui alcuni autori non disdegnavano di affrontare ‘le virtù contemplative, altri le morali, et altri le christiane'. Ma fino a che punto e in quale modo i lettori dell'antologia potevano informarsi (e su quali vicende)? Mentre il secondo libro della raccolta manuziana presentava epistole piuttosto vicine alla data di pubblicazione, quella dell'Atanagi ne riportava anche di molto lontane dagli avvenimenti contemporanei, relative a situazioni di venti o trent'anni prima, pur contenendo anche testi più recenti. L'organizzazione per autore conferiva un significato finito ad ogni libro, in quanto ogni singolo epistolario rifletteva uno specifico universo di interessi, ma al tempo stesso molti di questi autori avevano relazioni tra loro o amici in comune […]” (L. Braida, Libri di lettere. Le raccolte epistolari del Cinquecento tra inquietudini religiose e ‘buon volgare', Bari, 2009, pp. 109-112).

“By the time Atanagi and Dolce put together their collections, however, something in the atmosphere had changed. Were these two editors simply less interested personally in Evangelism than their predecessors had been? This does not appear to have been the case. Atanagi, who had served as secretary to two prelates, Claudio Tolomei and the Evangelically minded Giovanni Guidiccioni, had shown some receptivity to new religious ideas. Both his and Dolce's names occur as recipients of one letter on my list of Evangelical correspondents. These two editors must have realized that Evangelism was becoming less fashionable than it had previously been and that presenting epistolary expressions of it might even be dangerous. Atanagi was less timid than Dolce. He not only included a larger proportion of Evangelical letters but also printed some of the least reserved of all, those written by Flaminio” (A.J. Schutte, The ‘Lettere Volgari' and the Crisis of Evangelism in Italy, in: “Renaissance Quarterly”, vol. 28, no. 4, Winter 1975, p. 675).

 

(Book I, Ludovico Canossa:)

Clemens VII (l. 1r)

Giberti, Giovanni Matteo (l. 2v)

id. (l. 3v)

Seripando, Antonio. Venezia, August 20, 1525 (l. 5r)

Trotti, Alfonso (l. 6r)

Giberti, Giovanni Matteo (l. 8r)

id. (l. 8v)

Pio Sanseverino, Margherita. Venezia, July 7, 1525 (l. 9r)

Della Torre, Giovanni Battista. Venezia, August 29, 1525 (l. 9v)

Calino, Luigi. Venezia, October 3, 1525 (l. 10r)

Seripando, Antonio. Venezia, December 2, 1525 (l. 11r)

A'.M.L.C. (l. 12r)

[Francis I], King of France. Venezia, July 22, 1526 (l. 12v)

A' Madama. Venezia, July 23, 1526 (l. 13v)

[Francis I], King of France. July 24, 1526 (l. 14v)

id. (l. 15v)

A' Madama (l. 16r)

Flaminio, Marco Antonio. Venezia, November 10, 1526 (l. 16r)

Giustiniani, Paolo. Venezia, December 6, 1526 (l. 16v)

De' Rossi, Giovanni Girolamo. Venezia, December 31, 1526 (l. 17r)

Contarini, Gasparo. Venezia, May 7, 1527 (l. 17v)

[Foix, Odet de, count of] Lautrec (l. 18r)

Della Torre, Giovanni Battista. Venezia, November 7, 1527 (l. 20v)

[Este, Alfondo I d']. Venezia, November 23, 1527 (l. 21r)

Calino, Luigi. Venezia (l. 21v)

 

(Book II, Giovanni Battista Sanga:)

Montebuona, Giovanni Battista. Roma, August 23-24, 1529 (l. 22r)

id. Roma, September 15, 1529 (l. 25r)

[Gambara, Uberto]. Viterbo, August 27, 1528 (l. 26r)

Campeggio, [Lorenzo] on behalf of Salviati, Jacopo. Viterbo, September 2, 1528 (l. 25v)

id. Viterbo, September 16, 1528 (l. 26r)

Colonna, Ascanio. Roma, October 3, 1528 (l. 28r)

D'Ancona, Sebastiano. Roma, October, 1528 (l. 29r)

Rorario, Girolamo on behalf of Salviati, Jacopo. Roma, October 7, 1528 (l. 29v)

Colonna, Ascanio. Roma, October 15, 1528 (l. 31v)

Santacroce, [Prospero?] (l. 32v)

Castiglione, Baldassarre. Roma, October 24, 1528 (l. 34v)

Campeggio, [Lorenzo] on behalf of Salviati, Jacopo. Roma (l. 36r)

id. Roma, January 3, 1529 (l. 37r)

id. Roma, March 3, 1529 (l. 38r)

id. Roma, March 19, 1529 (l. 38v)

id. on behalf of Salviati, Jacopo. Roma, April 10, 1529 (l. 39v)

id. Roma, April 13, 1529 (l. 41r)

id. Roma, April 21, 1529 (l. 42r)

id. Roma, May 1, 1529 (l. 43v)

id. Roma, May 15, 1529 (l. 44r)

id. Roma, February 18, 1531 (l. 44v)

 

(Book III, Giovanni Guidiccioni:)

Tolomei, Claudio (l. 48v)

A'… (l. 50v)

Vallato, Gabriele. Gradoli, September 3, 1530 (l. 52r)

[Colonna, Vittoria] (l. 53r)

Minturno, Antonio (l. 54r)

A' M. Simone… (l. 56v)

A'… (l. 57r)

Gigli, Matteo (l. 57v)

A'… (l. 57v)

Bellini, Francesco (l. 58v)

Cenami, Francesco (l. 59r)

A' M. Lionoro… (l. 60r)

Bernardi, Giovanni Battista (l. 61r)

Bartolomei, Maria (l. 61v)

Gabriele, Trifone (l. 62v)

Guidiccioni, Bartolomeo. Fossombrone, September 20, 1539 (l. 63r)

[Pucci, Antonio]. Faenza, January 6, 1540 (l. 67r)

Passolino, Alessandro. Roma, October 31, 1540 (l. 67v)

Nobili, Cesare. Macerata, July 18, 1541 (l. 68r)

A' M.G.G. Macerata, July 18, 1541 (l. 68v)

Mei, Biagio. Macerata, July 16, 1541 (l. 69v)

Parisiana, Camilla. Macerata (l. 70r)

Pio, Lionello. Macerata (l. 70r)

Morello, Ludovico. Macerata, July 18, 1541 (l. 70v)

 

(Book IV, Gian Matteo Giberti:)

Gritti, Andrea. Roma, August 9, 1524 (l. 71v)

Montebuona, Giovanni Battista. Roma, August 22, 1524 (l. 72v)

Bini, Giovanni Francesco. Verona, April 15, 1531 (l. 73r)

Montebuona, Giovanni Battista. Verona, August 29, 1532 (l. 73v)

id. Verona, October 6, 1532 (l. 75r)

id. Verona, January 13, 1533 (l. 75v)

id. Verona, April 26, 1533 (l. 76v)

Bini, Giovanni Francesco. Verona, August 24, 1533 (l. 77r)

id. Piacenza, March 4, 1537 (l. 78r)

id. Verona, November 20, 1538 (l. 78v)

id. Verona, August 29, 1539 (l. 79v)

Fregoso, [Federico] (l. 80v)

[Este, Ippolito d'], Cardinal of Ferrara. Verona, February 2, 1540 (l. 81r)

Contarini, [Gasparo] and Pole, [Reginald]. Venezia, May 19, 1540 (l. 82r)

[Corner, Andrea], Bishop of Brescia. Verona, February 19, 1541 (l. 83r)

[Carafa, Francesco], Archbishop of Naples. Verona, April 24, 1542 (l. 84r)

[Colonna, Vittoria]. Venezia, November 20, 1542 (l. 84v)

 

(Book V, Francesco della Torre:)

Bini, Giovanni Francesco. Verona, January 12, 1536 (l. 85v)

id. Verona, July 31, 1536 (l. 86r)

id. Cambrai, May 9, 1537 (l. 87r)

id. Verona, August 4, 1537 (l. 87v)

id. Venezia, August 26, 1537 (l. 88v)

Gualteruzzi, Carlo. Vicenza, March 30, 1538 (l. 89r)

Bini, Giovanni Francesco. Verona, June 21, 1539 (l. 89r)

id. Verona, November 27, 1539 (l. 89v)

Da Bagno, Cornelia. Verona, January 1, 1540 (l. 90r)

Bini, Giovanni Francesco. Verona, January 30, 1540 (l. 92v)

Gualteruzzi, Carlo. Verona, January 30, 1540 (l. 93r)

id. Verona, December 13, 1540 (l. 94r)

Stella, Bartolomeo. Verona, January 19, 1541 (l. 94v)

Gualteruzzi, Carlo. Verona, October 17, 1541 (l. 95r)

id. Verona, May 6, 1543 (l. 95v)

id. Verona, May 17, 1543 (l. 96v)

id. Verona, January 1, 1544 (l. 97r)

id. Verona, January 22, 1544 (l. 98v)

 

(Book VI, Jacopo Sadoleto:)

Bini, Giovanni Francesco. Carpentras, June 18, 1527 (l. 100v)

id. Molino, June 27, 1530 (l. 102v)

id. Carpentras, November 3, 1531 (l. 103r)

Trivulzio, [Agostino]. Carpentras, February 16, 1535 (l. 104v)

Bini, Giovanni Francesco. Buceto, August 20, 1535 (l. 105v)

Bembo, [Pietro] (l. 107r)

Farnese, [Alessandro]. Carpentras, May 18, 1540 (l. 107v)

Bini, Giovanni Francesco and Molza, Francesco. Carpentras, December 24, 1540 (l. 108r)

Farnese, [Alessandro]. Carpentras, March 23, 1541 (l. 109r)

Gualteruzzi, Carlo. Toulouse, October 27, 1542 (l. 109v)

Farnese, [Alessandro]. Carpentras, March 20, 1542 (l. 110r)

Gualteruzzi, Carlo. Carpentras, March 20, 1544 (l. 111v)

Farnese, [Alessandro]. San Felice, June 8, 1544 (l. 112r)

Farnese, [Alessandro]. Carpentras, December 19, 1544 (l. 114r)

 

(Book VII, Niccolò Ardinghelli:)

Contarini, [Gasparo] on behalf of Farnese, [Alessandro]. Roma, June 15, 1540 (l. 115r)

Armagnac, [Georges] d' on behalf of Farnese, [Alessandro] (l. 121v)

[Francis I], King of France on behalf of Farnese, [Alessandro] (l. 122r)

Farnese, [Alessandro] (l. 122v)

Farnese, [Ranuccio], called Cardinal Sant'Angelo. [1546] (l. 122v)

A'… (l. 123r)

A'… (l. 123v)

Morone, [Giovanni Girolamo]. Roma, January 8, 1545 (l. 124r)

Grimani, [Marino] (l. 124v)

Farnese, [Ranuccio], called Cardinal Sant'Angelo. (l. 125r)

id. (l. 125v)

Gaddi, [Niccolò] (l. 126r)

[Bandini Piccolomini, Francesco], Archbishop of Siena (l. 127r)

A'… (l. 127v)

Poggio, [Giovanni]. Roma, October 19, 1546 (l. 128r)

[Aragona, Ferdinando d'], Duke of Calabria (l. 128v)

 

(Book VIII, Marco Antonio Flaminio:)

Bini, Giovanni Francesco. Verona, April 11, 1536 (l. 129v)

Pamfili, Pietro. Verona, August 9, 1537 (l. 130r)

Anisio, [Giano] (l. 131r)

Gualteruzzi, Goro. Caserta, January 30, 1540 (l. 132v)

Gualteruzzi, Carlo. Firenze, July 6, 1541 (l. 133v)

Carnesecchi, [Pietro]. Trento, January 1, 1543 (l. 134v)

Pavaranzo, Antonio. Trento, November 28, 1545 (l. 138r)

Priuli, Alvise. Verona, May 12, 1546 (l. 139r)

Alla Signora… Roma, December 31, 1547 (l. 140v)

Gualteruzzi, Carlo. Viterbo, September 19, 1542 (l. 143r)

Zanco, Basilio (l. 143r)

Florimonte, Galeazzo. Roma, February 22, 1549 (l. 146r)

Bassiano, Ulisse (l. 149r)

id. Civitella, May 27, 1549 (l. 150r)

id. Civitella, May 30, 1549 (l. 150v)

id. Civitella, June 27, 1549 (l. 152v)

id. Civitella, July 4, 1549 (l. 153r)

id. Civitella, July 14, 1549 (l. 154r)

id. (l. 155r)

Torelli, Lelio. Roma, November 30, 1549 (l. 157r)

Bassiano, Ulisse. Roma, December 14, 1549 (l. 157v)

 

(Book IX, Paolo Giovio:)

[Gonzaga, Federico II], Duke of Mantua. Roma, July 14, 1535 (l. 158v)

Atanagi, Dionigi. [Como], January 24, 1540 (l. 163r)

Angleria, Girolamo. Firenze, October 15, 1550 (l. 163v)

Florimonte, Galeazzo. Firenze, October 3, 1551 (l. 164r)

Angleria, Girolamo. Pisa, Carnival 1552 (l. 166r)

Julius III. Firenze, September 26, 1552 (l. 167v)

 

(Book X, Bernardo Tasso:)

[Sanseverino, Ferrante], Prince of Salerno. [b. 1552] (l. 168v)

Martelli, Vincenzo (l. 171v)

Rota, Bernardino. Salerno (l. 175v)

Papio, Giovanni Angelo. Salerno, August 8, 1550 (l. 176r)

Torres, Fernardo. Salerno, September 4, 1550 (l. 176v)

Riario, [Galeazzo] on behalf of [Sanseverino, Ferrante]. Salerno (l. 177v)

Gonzaga, Ferrante on behalf of [Sanseverino, Ferrante]. Salerno (l. 178r)

Barbato, Petronio. Salerno (l. 178v)

Serone, Giovanni Antonio. Salerno (l. 179r)

Colonna, Vittoria. Salerno (l. 179v)

Longo, Bernardino. Salerno (l. 180v)

 

(Book XI, Annibal Caro:)

Molza, [Francesco Maria]. Roma, January 2, 1544 (l. 181v)

Maurello, Alfonso. Antwerpen, December 13, 1544 (l. 182r)

De Rossi, Roberto. Piacenza, September 15, 1545 (l. 185v)

Spina, Bernardino. Piacenza, April, 1546 (l. 186v)

Albicante, [Giovanni Alberto]. (l. 186v)

[Aragona, Maria d'], Marquise of Vasto. Parma, December 3, 1546 (l. 187r)

Farnese, Vittoria. Piacenza, July 5, 1547 (l. 187v)

Benvoglienti, Fabio. Roma, February 25, 1548 (l. 188r)

[Vasari], Giorgio. Roma, May 10, 1548 (l. 189r)

Rota, Bernardino. Roma, October 7, 1548 (l. 190v)

Colonna, Vittoria. Roma, February 15, 1551 (l. 190v)

[Farnese, Ottavio], Duke of Parma. Roma, April 10, 1551 (l. 191v)

Lettera amorosa (love letter) (l. 192v)

 

(Book XII, Claudio Tolomei:)

Filarete, Apollonio. Roma, July 6, 1543 (l. 195v)

Bini, Giovanni Francesco. Roma, July 21, 1543 (l. 197r)

[Politi], Ambrosio Catarino (l. 198v)

Atanagi, Dionigi (l. 199r)

Farnese, Vittoria, Duchess of Urbino (l. 200r)

Corner, [Andrea]. Padova, (l. 201r)

Tasso, Bernardo. Padova (l. 202v)

[Medici, Caterina de']. Padova (l. 203v)

Cesano, Gabriele (l. 204r)

Sansovino, Francesco (l. 204v)

Gamucci, Raffaele. Padova, April 4, 1548 (l. 205v)

Torelli, Lelio. Padova, May 11, 1548 (l. 206r)

Varchi, Benedetto. Padova, May 11, 1548 (l. 207v)

Contile, Luca. Padova, October 15, 1548 (l. 208r)

Cenami, Francesco. Padova, October 27, 1548 (l. 209v)

Cincio, Giuseppe. Padova, December 15, 1548 (l. 210r)

Aretino, Pietro (l. 211r)

Paciotti, Francesco. Padova, December 27, 1548 (l. 211v)

 

(Book XIII, Paolo Sadoleto:)

[Este], Ippolito d'. Carpentras, October 20, n.y. (l. 212v)

Maffei, Bernardino. Carpentras, May 6, 1549 (l. 214r)

[Ferrero], Filiberto, Bishop of Ivrea. Carpentras, May 6, 1549 (l. 214v)

Farnese, Alessandro. Carpentras, March 22, [a. 1541] (l. 215v)

id. Carpentras, November 23, 1549 (l. 217v)

Rangone, Fulvio. Carpentras, February 16, 1551 (l. 218v)

Priuli, Alvise. Carpentras, April 26, 1551 (l. 219v)

Bretano, Pietro. December 23, 1551 (l. 220v)

Montepulciano, Giovanni. Carpentras, December 24, 1551 (l. 221v)

Campeggi, Alessandro. Carpentras, December 22, 1551 (l. 222v)

Mignanello, Fabio. Carpentras, December 23, 1551 (l. 223v)

Dandini, Girolamo. Carpentras, December 23, 1551 (l. 224r)

[Della Corgna], Fulvio, Bishop of Perugia. Carpentras, March 6, 1552 (l. 225r)

Priuli, [Alvise]. Carpentras, August 20, 1552 (l. 226v)

Dandini, Girolamo. Carpentras, August 30, 1552 (l. 227v)

 

Dionigi Atanagi was born in Cagli in the Duchy of Urbino. After receiving his early education in Perugia, he moved in 1532 to Rome, where he served as secretary to the prelate Giovanni Guidiccioni, made other influential friends, joined literary academies, and wrote poetry, some of which was published in the Versi et regole de la nuova poesia toscana (1539) edited by his friend Claudio Tolomei. The first fruit of his real vocation, that of editor, was the present collection De le lettere di tredici huomini illustri (1554). However, he spent twenty-five years in Rome striving in vain against the ill fortune, which (caused perhaps by his own faults) incessantly persecuted him. After the death of both, Guidiccioni and Tolomei, he left Rome in sickness and dejection. For a certain time he found a harbor in Pesaro at the court of Urbino revising Bernardo Tasso's Amadigi for the press. Because of the precarious state of his health he retired temporarily to his native Cagli. In 1559 he moved to Venice, no doubt in search of better publishing opportunities than those offered in Rome. In Venice he found a steady employment as secretary to the short-lived Accademia della Fama, which was dissolved in 1561, probably in prudent anticipation of a possible investigation by the Inquisition. He spent, with short interruptions at Cagli, the remainder of his life in Venice, earning a precarious livelihood by occasionally assisting literary amateurs in the preparation of their works for the press. He died in Venice and was buried in the church of San Luca beside Lodovico Dolce.

Atanagi's acquaintance with major literary figures all over Italy (for instance, Benedetto Varchi, Bernardo Cappello, Bernardo Tasso, Curzio Gonzaga, Domenico Vernier, Erasmo Valvassone, Francesco Patrizi, Giuseppe Betussi, Giovanni Battista Pigna, Girolamo Muzio, Girolamo Zoppio, Lodovico Dolce, Lodovico Domenichi, Luca Contile, Luigi Tansillo, Remigio Nannini, Scipione Ammirato, Sebastiano Erizzo, Tommaso Porcacchi, Torquato Tasso, Laura Battiferri, Laura Terracina and many others) enabled him to accomplish some ambitious editorial projects like the present one and, previously, the collection of poems in memory of Irene di Spilimbergo (Rime di diversi nobilissimi, et eccelentissimi autori, in morte della Signora Irene delle Signore di Spilimbergo, Venezia, 1561) (cf. A. Corsaro, Dionigi Atanagi e la silloge per Irene di Spilimbergo (Intorno alla formazione del giovane Tasso), in: “Italica”, 75/1, 1998, pp. 41-61; Dizionario biografico degli Italiani, Roma, 1962, IV, pp. 503-506; and G. Meyrat, Dionigi Atanagi e un esempio di petrarchismo nel Cinquecento, in: “Aevum”, LII, 1978, pp. 450-458).


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